Premiere acquires Pay-TV rights package for UEFA Cup and three UEFA Super Cups
• Attractive addition to the premium subscription PREMIERE FUSSBALL INTERNATIONAL
• Three-year contract starting with 2006/2007 season
• Premiere to show all UEFA Cup matches live, starting with quarter finals
• UEFA Super Cup between Barcelona FC and Sevilla FC live on August 25
Premiere is extending its premium subscription PREMIERE FUSSBALL INTERNATIONAL with a further attractive offering and will be showing the UEFA Cup live starting with the upcoming season. The Munich-based pay-TV operator has secured the pay tv broadcasting rights for all quarter- and semi-finals and the final of the UEFA Cup competition. The contract runs from 2006 up to and including 2009. In total, Premiere will broadcast thirteen UEFA Cup matches per season, of which at least eight will be aired exclusively. Of the eight first and second legs in the quarter-finals, the Munich-based pay-TV operator can exclusively broadcast six matches as well as one match per day of the semi-finals. The package also includes three UEFA Super Cups.
Carsten Schmidt, Premiere AG’s Head of Sports & New Business: "The UEFA Cup and Super Cup broadcasts are a further top addition to our international soccer programming. When the UEFA Cup gets really exciting, our viewers will be able to watch all matches and all goals, as usual. We can therefore continue to offer all subscribers the best and most extensive international soccer coverage in Germany after the end of probably the finest World Cup of all times."
Each of the UEFA Cup quarter-final first and second legs as well as the semi-finals will be held on a Thursday in March, April and May of 2007, 2008 and 2009. The final takes place in May at a neutral location, in 2007 it will be held on May 16 in Glasgow, Hampden Park. The UEFA Super Cup will take place in August 2006, 2007 and 2008. The winner of the UEFA Super Cup is determined each year in Monaco between the winner of the UEFA Champions League and the winner of the UEFA Cup. This match always heralds the start of the next European Cup season. For the first time, Premiere will broadcast the UEFA Super Cup match on August 25 between Barcelona FC and Sevilla FC live from Stade Louis II (kick-off at 8:45 p.m.).
The premium subscription PREMIERE FUSSBALL INTERNATIONAL for EUR 9.99 per month is the most comprehensive international soccer package. In addition to the UEFA Cup, Premiere will be the only TV operator in Germany to broadcast all 125 UEFA Champions League games live. And with even more exclusivity. Starting with the 2006/2007 season, almost all top games from the UEFA Champions League will be aired only on Premiere. In addition, the Munich-based pay-TV operator offers its viewers Premiere Euroliga with the top games from European’s premier leagues including England, Italy and France – also live, individually and in live highlights coverage. Also new at Premiere are the club magazine channels Chelsea TV, ManU TV and Barça TV. All big international soccer stars will be sharing a stage from August: PREMIERE FUSSBALL INTERNATIONAL
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